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Roster Finalized, Wade Wilson Suspended

wilson2_330.jpgThe final cuts have been made and the roster now stands at 53 as the Cowboys made their decision for their 2007 team.  CB Aaron Glenn was one of the released players and Martin Grammatica was placed on IR, probably to be released later.   Somewhat interesting was the release of QB Matt Moore and WR Jerheme Urban, who both had good games in the final preseason game against Minnesota.  As it stands now, the list of players released are:

QB Matt Moore
QB Richard Bartel
WR Mike Jefferson
WR Damarius Bilbo
WR Jerheme Urban
TE Rodney Hannah
TE Adam Bergen
LB Junior Glymph
LB Blair Phillips
LB John Saldi
LB Khari Long
CB Joey Thomas
CB Aaron Glenn
CB Quincy Butler
RB Arliss Beach
DT Remi Ayodele
G Trey Darilek
OL Matt Tarullo
RB Alonzo Coleman
FB Lousaka Polite
DE Marcus Smith

Rookie K Nick Folk stands alone to handle all the kicking duties for now and Coach Phillips seems to have relied heavily on Greg Ellis and Terence Newman returning to the lineup in a hurry. 

Also of special note today, the NFL handed down a five-game suspension to QB’s Coach Wade Wilson for violation of the league’s ban on performance-enhancing drugs. 

“I was never taking the product to enhance performance,” said Wilson, who has also played as backup to Troy Aikman during his 19-year NFL career. “I’m way past that. I was taking it to try to improve my quality of life.

Wilson admitted purchasing and the drugs while serving as quarterbacks coach for the Chicago Bears last year, but no evidence was found that he brought any to the field or other players.  It was simply an attempt to lessen the effects of diabetes, a condition he has had for the last 20 years.  He was implicated in the same investigation that resulted in New England safety Rodney Harrison’s suspension based on an investigation of an internet pharmaceutical company by the New York District Attorney’s Office. 

Wilson also faces a $100,000 fine and will not be able to return to the team until October 9th, in the interim, Offensive Coordinator Jason Garrett and assistant Wes Phillips, a former Baylor quarterbacks coach will take over his responsibilities.  Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips both stand behing their coach yet understand and support the NFL and Commissioner Goodell’s decision. 

“In reviewing the facts, we know that Wade had absolutely no intention of breaking any league rules. He has a long track record of quality service to the NFL and community service to the cities where has played and coached. We recognize and support the importance placed on these matters by the National Football League. We also support Wade Wilson during this time and look forward to his contributions to the future of the Dallas Cowboys,” stated Jerry Jones in his official statement about the ruling.

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